Nationally, unemployment had declined, and home construction for the first quarter of the year had shown the largest gain in seven years. On April 30, New York City played host to a World’s Fair bright with promise of world peace and a window on the “world of tomorrow.” In New York City, for example, at a packed meeting of the Board of Education to consider a board member’s resolution to bar controversial speakers and groups from using school property, the responses were quick. In addition, the New York Taxpayers Federation called upon Governor Lehman to appoint a citizens committee to investigate the “excessive cost of education in this state as compared with other leading Eastern States.” the Public Education Association (PEA) questioned the propriety of the proposed budget cuts which, in the PEA’s view, would, increase class sizes, defer teaching appointments, and perhaps lead to teacher layoffs.